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Cara Pace

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Is this book on your bookshelf? If not, it should be!
 
"Fighting clutter is like fighting weeds -- the writer is always slightly behind."

My first job "real" job was a Technical Editor, and I have my college Technical Writing course to thank. Maybe it was the professor, but I think it was the required reading that brought out my love of writing and editing -- Zissner's On Writing Well. It's one of the few books I've kept from college.  

I fell in love with Zissner's advice on word choice (avoid jargon, use active verbs) and punctuation, his passion for brevity and simplicity (less clutter), and his advice on writing -- and life! -- in general (Don't be kind of bold. Be bold.)   #writing   #technicalwriting   #WilliamZissner   #booksthatmatter  
Mr. Zinsser was a prolific author, editor and teacher, but it was his role as an arbiter of good writing that resonated widely and deeply.
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Erin Brenner
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Editing language NSFW? Check out "Strong Language."
Observant readers might have noted that we linked to a new blog in the News Roundup back in December. It's called Strong Language and, as the tagline says, it's “a sweary blog about swearing.” Since its launch in December, Strong Language has published over 50 posts on the art and nature of ...
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Dawn Stahl

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New Q&A on Copyediting.com!   #EditorInterviews  
Aden Nichols has been editing for nearly three decades, for the last decade as an editorial specialist for his own Little Fire Editorial Services. How did you get into editing, Aden, and what is your editing career like today? I landed an undergrad internship at Cash Box, a record industry trade ...
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Erin Brenner
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Should you cap "president"? "Marketing director"? "Author"? Find out in this week's Tip. #copyediting  
Last week, I outlined some of the different rules for capping a composition title. I noted that one wrinkle in applying sentence-style capitalization to the title of a book, poem, song, or other work of art was determining whether a person's title was formal or descriptive.
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Erin Brenner
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Do you cap prepositions in titles? Conjunctions of four letters or fewer? Tools for tracking your pub's headline cap rule. #copyediting  
One copyediting task that should be easy but can be a nightmare is how to capitalize the titles of works, such as books, magazines, articles, and songs—what The AP Stylebook refers to as “compositions.” The task should be as simple as following a manuscript's style guide, applying either ...
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Erin Brenner
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Should you allow that cool new word to stay in the manuscript? Ask these 5 questions to decide.
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Mark Allen
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One issue with selecting a single word of the year is the question of whether the most important criteria is a word's newness and staying power or simply its importance in the year that was. The American Dialect Society selected for the first time a twitter hashtag as its Word of the Year for ...
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Dawn Stahl

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Back by popular demand ...
So many people asked if they could still get the holiday special from Copyediting that it was extended into a winter special. Subscriptions from just $50.

(Full disclosure: I'm the online editor for Copyediting.com and occasionally contribute to the Copyediting newsletter.)
So many of you have asked if you can still get the holiday special, we decided to extend it through January. Call it shopping therapy to chase away the winter doldrums, call it an excellent use of your continuing education budget, call it an irresistibly good deal — we call it a special ...
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Mark Allen
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Merriam-Webster provides insight into our culture in naming "culture" its 2014 Word of the Year. 
The word culture entered the language in its most common forms less than two centuries ago, but in all its forms it is in the top 1000 most-common words in American English. According to the Corpus of Contemporary American English, culture ranks 612, making it more frequently seen than brother, ...
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Erin Brenner
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How have wages for copyeditors changed since the last “What a Copyeditor Earns” report?
It's been almost three years since I wrote my popular “Tip of the Week: What a Copyeditor Earns” article. Since then, have rates changed at all? Salaries and hourly rates are a tricky business, because no one likes to talk about them much, especially specifics and especially in public.
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Dawn Stahl

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AnaGrammars are back! So is your chance to win a subscription to Copyediting! Yay for National #GrammarDay !
Every day is grammar day for copyeditors, but there's something special about letting your word-nerd flag fly with fellow grammar celebrants on National Grammar Day. Here at Copyediting.com, we're gearing up to help you March Forth! on March 4th to extol the beauty and mystery of our language.
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Mark Allen
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Dori Maynard, who died this week at 56, was a champion of diversity in newsrooms, and therefore a champion of diversity in the broader society. She reminded us that our backgrounds affect how we see the world. She taught us that words matter because we don't own them, that other people may see ...
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Erin Brenner
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Attorneys general or attorney generals? Needles in a haystack? Pluralizing compound nouns isn't as easy as you might think.
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Molly McCowan

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Chime in and let me know what you think about this post—it's generating some heat, mostly from people who are likely the "editors" in question.
"Editors" are a dime a dozen these days. Plenty of people think that just because they: a) read a lot, b) are good at spotting typos, or c) picture themselves wearing a tweed jacket and teaching Sh...
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Erin Brenner
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Thinking about training or networking in 2015? Check out these editor conferences! #amediting  
Recently, our own Katharine O'Moore-Klopf recommended that editors resolve to build a better network this year. If you've taken on the challenge, one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck is to attend a conference. Not only will you be able to network with colleagues and potential ...
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Erin Brenner
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Do you feel like hiding under your desk after the horrors at Charlie Hebdo? Me too. Why we can't do that.
Last week, gunmen entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people and injured others, reportedly for its treatment of Islam in its pages, particularly its treatment of Mohammed in political cartoons. No matter what you think of the content in Charlie Hebdo, I hope we can all agree that ...
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Mark Allen
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The Daily Currant is a fake news site with stories often shared on Facebook and elsewhere not because they're funny, but because they're plausible. Where The Onion leans to the ridiculous when it skewers politicians and celebrities, The Daily Currant cuts close to the truth, ...
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Charles Stewart

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An excellent post on a crucial aspect of client communication that does get neglected.  

Despite having read all the arguments that Richard gives here and in his book about using editor macros to automate the insertion of queries - he argues that this is the only way to give queries with adequate detail with reasonable efficiency, I have resisted this piece of automation.  Instead, I usually write an accompanying document with numbered points explaining the substance of the queries that I reference by number in comments.  I like this, because it allows a more discursive and argumentative approach to dealing with issues that come up, but it does mean that clients and colleagues have to switch between two documents as they work through my edits. 
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Donald Wolf

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